I've been arguing lately. Mostly with myself. But sometimes with fellow believers who love God and love to worship Him. And by arguing, I mean vigorously exchanging ideas while only half-listening to the other person because I'm already thinking about what I'm going to say next. (Hey, just telling it like it happens.) So I thought I'd write some of this down. If you want to join in, I'd love your thoughts.
We're arguing/talking about worship at church. How we worship, what we worship, when we worship, where we worship....all that. And more. Wowsers!! It's a lot to talk about. And it begets lots of talk about what people look like when they worship and what kind of worship they like and I've been dabbling in conversations trying to stir up some passion about why we do what we do where we do it and who we do it with.
(And here's a purple iris for you. Has nothing to do with this post, but it's fun to look at.)
So over the next week, I'm gonna blog snippets of those conversations that happen in my head when I'm all by myself and that occasionally happen with other people:
Argument Starter: We're pretty open about how other people should worship.
Oh, seriously. No we're not! I think most people believe other people’s worship should look a lot like their own. Oh, we'd like to think we're so tolerant and it's all just about everyone focusing on God, but I don't think that runs very deep. Because if someone messes with our own worship agenda we tend to FREAK OUT!
For instance, in my own life, I like it when people raise hands during worship. The Bible talks about it, it is the universal sign of surrender, it conveys dependence, etc..... I even like dancing in church because I dance a lot in my regular life. Like when I'm cooking dinner, and when I'm sweeping and when Beautiful Girls by Sean Kingston comes on the radio. I dance. With myself, my kids, my husband, my girlfriends. So I'm probably going to dance in my worship. So singing: yes. Hands up: yes. Dancing: yes. Laying out on the floor prostrate: a little weird.
See? I'm starting to freak out. Not because it's unBiblical, not because I haven't seen it before. I've actually even done it before but I'm still not totally accustomed to it. But what would I do if everyone laid out prostrate on Sunday morning? Like face on the floor in front of me? The Bible talks about that, too, but I might question it or get a quirky look on my face or I might join them with my own face planted. You never know.
But I definitely like it when people are demonstrative with worship. When I think I can see on their face what their attitude toward God is it inspires me to worship along with them. And to be truthful, I consider that when I'm leading worship. Other people are watching me when I worship on a stage and I’m trying to non-verbally communicate that I love God and this is really important to me.
So, any thoughts? Are we tolerant about worship? Biblical about worship? Does it matter? Would we change something if we learned something new?